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Should I Care About Indoor Air Quality?

According to the EPA, indoor air quality is often 5x more polluted than outdoor air.

We all need clean air to be healthy and thrive both outside and inside our homes. Since air constantly circulates throughout your home, this means the possibility of air being contaminated by microbes and odors.

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Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home.

High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants. While remodeling or improving the energy efficiency of your home, steps should be taken to minimize pollution from sources inside the home, either from new materials, or from disturbing materials already in the home. In addition, residents should be alert to signs of inadequate ventilation, such as stuffy air, moisture condensation on cold surfaces, or mold and mildew growth. These issues should be addressed either before or during the remodeling process. We can help.

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Tips On Replacing Your A/C

TipsAC is no longer a luxury purchase and must be treated as a necessity. Picking up an AC for the home therefore is a smart choice.

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Go for a higher star rating, sure it is more expensive, but it saves several times its price in electricity bills. Always pick up a slightly higher tonnage, than what you think is necessary, given the size of the room, having a smaller than necessary AC puts undue stress on its compressor. Always go in for a respected name brand AC, like MAYTAG, the after sales on these brands is generally better and a lot cheaper. We can help.

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Dirty Air Ducts?

Dirty air ducts are one of many possible sources of harmful particles that are present your home.

Our Experts Recommend:

Consider having your air ducts cleaned if…

  • Moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth (mold) is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the home’s living space. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people if they are exposed to them.
  • There is substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system.
  • Ducts are infested with vermin (rodents or insects)
  • Family members are experiencing unusual or unexplained symptoms or illnesses that you think might be related to your home environment. You should discuss the situation with your doctor.
  • Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are actually released into the home. We can help.

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*CAUTION! Some air duct cleaning service providers may tell you that they need to apply chemical biocide to the inside of your ducts as a means to kill bacteria (germs) and fungi (mold) and prevent future biological growth. They may also propose the application of a “sealant” to prevent dust and dirt particles from being released into the air or to seal air leaks. You should fully understand the pros and cons of permitting application of chemical biocides or sealants. While the targeted use of chemical biocides and sealants may be appropriate under specific circumstances, research has not demonstrated their effectiveness in duct cleaning or their potential adverse health effects. No chemical biocides are currently registered by EPA for use in internally-insulated air duct systems. We can help.

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Do A/C’s & Heaters Need Cleaning?

Cleaning heating and cooling system components (air ducts, cooling coils, fans and heat exchangers) may improve the efficiency of your system, resulting in a longer operating life, as well as some energy and maintenance cost savings.

Our Experts Recommend:

Ask Yourself these questions:

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  • Heating

-Is the heat exchanger surface visibly clean?

  • Cooling Components

-Are both sides of the cooling coil visibly clean? If you point a flashlight into the cooling coil, does light shine through the other side? It should if the coil is clean. Are the coil fins straight and evenly spaced (as opposed to being bent over and smashed together)? Is the coil drain pan completely clean and draining properly?

  • Blower

-Are the blower blades clean and free of oil and debris? Is the blower compartment free of visible dust or debris?

  • Plenums

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-Is the return air plenum free of visible dust or debris? Do filters fit properly and are they the proper efficiency as recommended by HVAC system manufacturer? Is the supply air plenum (directly downstream of the air handling unit) free of moisture stains and contaminants?

  • Metal Ducts

-Are interior ductwork surfaces free of visible debris? (Select several sites at random in both the return and supply sides of the system.)

  • Fiber Glass

-Is all fiber glass material in good condition (i.e., free of tears and abrasions; well adhered to underlying materials)?

  • Access Doors

-Are access doors in sheet metal ducts attached with more than just duct tape (e.g., screws, rivets, mastic, etc.)? With the system running, is air leakage through access doors or covers very slight or non-existent?

  • Air Vents

-Are all registers, grilles, and diffusers firmly attached to the walls, floors, and/or ceilings? Are the registers, grilles, and diffusers visibly clean?

  • System Operation

-Does the system function properly in both the heating and cooling modes?

If you got any NO’s, then you need a clean. We can help.

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Prevent Air Duct Contamination

Committing to a good preventive maintenance program is essential to minimize duct contamination.

Our Experts Recommend:

To prevent dirt from entering the system:

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  • Use the highest efficiency air filter recommended by the manufacturer of your heating and cooling system.
  • Change filters regularly.
  • If your filters become clogged, change them more frequently.
  • Be sure you do not have any missing filters and that air cannot bypass filters through gaps around the filter holder.
  • When having your heating and cooling system maintained or checked for other reasons, be sure to ask the service provider to clean cooling coils and drain pans.
  • During construction or renovation work that produces dust in your home, seal off supply and return registers and do not operate the heating and cooling system until after cleaning up the dust.

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  • Remove dust and vacuum your home regularly. (Use a high efficiency vacuum (HEPA) cleaner or the highest efficiency filter bags your vacuum cleaner can take. Vacuuming can increase the amount of dust in the air during and after vacuuming as well as in your ducts).
  • – If your heating system includes in-duct humidification equipment, be sure to operate and maintain the humidifier strictly as recommended by the manufacturer. We can help.

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Prevent Ducts From Getting Wet

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Moisture should not be present in ducts. Controlling moisture is the most effective way to prevent biological growth in air ducts.

Moisture can enter the duct system through leaks or if the system has been improperly installed or serviced. Experts do agree that moisture should not be present in ducts and if moisture and dirt are present, the potential exists for biological contaminants to grow and be distributed throughout the home. Controlling moisture is the most effective way to prevent biological growth in all types of air ducts.

Our Experts Recommend:

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  • Promptly and properly repair any leaks or water damage.
  • Pay particular attention to cooling coils, which are designed to remove water from the air and can be a major source of moisture contamination of the system that can lead to mold growth. Make sure the condensate pan drains properly. The presence of substantial standing water and/or debris indicates a problem requiring immediate attention. Check any insulation near cooling coils for wet spots.
  • If humidifiers are used, they must be properly maintained.
  • Make sure ducts are properly sealed and insulated in all non-air-conditioned spaces (e.g., attics and crawl spaces). This will help to prevent moisture due to condensation from entering the system and is important to make the system work as intended. To prevent water condensation, the heating and cooling system must be properly insulated.
  • Air handling units should be constructed so that maintenance personnel have easy, direct access to heat exchange components and drain pans for proper cleaning and maintenance.
  • Fiber glass, or any other insulation material that is wet or visibly moldy (or if an unacceptable odor is present) should be removed and replaced.
  • If you are replacing your air conditioning system, make sure that the unit is the proper size for your needs and that all ducts are sealed at the joints. A unit that is too big will cycle on and off frequently, resulting in poor moisture removal, particularly in areas with high humidity. Also make sure that your new system is designed to manage condensation effectively.
  • Steam cleaning & other methods involving moisture should not be used on any kind of duct work. We can help.

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Replaced Your Air Filter Yet?

Failure to replace these filters as needed will contribute to a lower heat exchange rate, resulting in wasted energy, shortened equipment life, and higher energy bills.

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In addition, low air flow can result in “iced-up” or “iced-over” evaporator coils, which can completely stop air flow. Additionally, very dirty or plugged filters can cause overheating during a heating cycle, and can result in damage to the system or even fire.

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Because an air conditioner moves heat between the indoor coil and the outdoor coil, both must be kept clean. This means that, in addition to replacing the air filter at the evaporator coil, it is also necessary to regularly clean the condenser coil. Failure to keep the condenser clean will eventually result in harm to the compressor, because the condenser coil is responsible for discharging both the indoor heat (as picked up by the evaporator) and the heat generated by the electric motor driving the compressor. We can help.

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